What to do and where to eat in Rome: Piazza Venezia

Are you in Rome? Would you like to know what to do when in Piazza Venezia? Here you are even more: take note of the best restaurants near Piazza Venezia.


Piazza Venezia: a little bit of history

Piazza Venezia is the central hub of Rome, in which several thoroughfares intersect, including the Via dei Fori Imperiali the Via del Corso. It takes its name from the Palazzo Venezia, built by the Venetian Cardinal, Pietro Barbo (later Pope Paul II) alongside the church of Saint Mark, the patron saint of Venice. The Palazzo Venezia served as the embassy of the Republic of Venice in Rome.
One side of the Piazza is the site of Italy’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Altare della Patria, part of the imposing Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, first king of Italy.
The piazza or square is at the foot of the Capitoline Hill and next to Trajan’s Forum. The main artery, the Viale di Fori Imperiali begins there and leads past the Roman Forum to the Colosseum.
In 2009, during excavations in the middle of the square for the construction of the Rome C Metro Line, remains of the emperor Hadrian’s Athenaeum were unearthed.

When to go

The best period to come and visit this square is, strangely, summer. Inside the gigantic monument that you can see in the square (the Vittoriano), there’s one of the most important museums of Rome, so maybe you can find some fresh air inside and look at the most beautiful pieces of art of the world. The Vittoriano monument itself has been criticized for years because it clashes with the existing architecture, and even Romans do not love it so much, but tourists always remain enchanted but the majesty of this monument, re-named “the wedding cake”, because of its color and shape. It worth a visit, even if you are not interested in the monument itself or in the museum, you can still enjoy of an amazing view of all the city from the top.
This is, by the way, a very central square, so in one way or in the other, if you are going around in Rome, you will find yourself here anyway. From here you can go to Fontana Di Trevi in a few steps, right in front of the square begins one of the most famous via for shopping (Via del Corso), you can take a very lot of buses that lead everywhere, and even the tram that goes to Trastevere. Behind the square there’s the big step that leads to Campidoglio.

What and where to eat: the best restaurants near Piazza Venezia

One of the best place of this area is the Antica Birreria Peroni (Via S. Marcello 19), opened since 1906, where you can taste some wonderful meat in all its kind, and some strange but delicious recipes like bacon with vineyard; if after lunch you want to have a coffee, the best bar here is Caffè Doria (Via della Gatta 1/a), they have even pizza, but they’re famous for caffè, cappuccino and cornetto.
A very beautiful and traditional place in this area is the Trattoria Melo (Via Magnanapoli 6), where they are specialized in Mediterranean cuisine.
Piazza Venezia is located in a strategic position, from here you’d easily reach the Jewish Ghetto or Monti area (direction Termini) which is full of places where to eat and less touristy.

How to reach it

Getting to Piazza Venezia is very easy, you can take a very lot of buses, like for example: 40, 53, 80, 85, 63, 70, 81, 160, 628, 916, 64, 40.

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